Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Adaptability and Resilience - the secret of survival?


















After two days of gales and driving rain, these two well-fledged collared dove juveniles re-appeared in the hawthorn tree in our garden, waiting to be fed by harassed parents who have successful driven magpies away from their nest over the last few weeks. 

In a little under a century this species has dispersed from Turkey right across Europe and even into Norway. 

If I had to bet on a bird species that would adapt to climate change, I'd put my money on collared doves.

You can see one of their earlier breeding efforts here.

4 comments:

  1. They've certainly 'spread their wings', so to speak.

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  2. I think it was a mistake that collared doves weren't here already. Unlike some species which have newly made their homes here - they look as if they truly belong, that this is their proper home. The only wish - that they would extend their vocabulary a little and learn a few more things to say.

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  3. Certainly have Keith, we seem to have a small flock of them in the garden in winter, camped on the bird table...

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  4. You have a point there Lucy .... and it would be good if they could vary their monotonous repertoire a bit!

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